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Since: 8.5.03
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After about a year of random freezes with no obvious cause, I've been advised that my six-year-old Windows ME is dying. I could reinstall it, but I suspect the same thing would happen eventually, so I want to get a new PC. I use Windows XP at work and like it so far.

I'm currently able to use a data CD-burning program at home so far, and I'm currently planning on just uploading these new CD files to the new PC. But I wonder if there's a simpler way of moving my files to the new PC. It wouldn't be as simple as connecting via USB and copying the files through Windows Explorer would it? What other ways should I consider?



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I've used a couple of different software programs that basically do this - one was AlohaBob retrieve or something like that - but my memory is faded as this was 4 years ago.

Another was laplink but it was excrutiatingly slow.

I think the best luck and far easiest approach I was simply pulling the hard drive out of the old one and plugging it in the new machine - it became the f: drive instead of c: where it used to be, but I was then able to copy all of my data very rapidly. Of course, this involves opening up the box, but I had to do that anyway as I had to install the CD burner myself.

Others here probably have better advice.

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Since: 18.3.02
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Well...it depends on if you have any plans for the old PC or not and how handy you are.

CompUSA should have the external drive cases, that you can put your old hard drive into for about $30-$40.

Pop it together, plug it into a USB port, transer your files. Plus you end up with a portable hard drive.

Again...depends on how handy you are, and if you've had any luck with these type of things. They've worked well for me in the past.






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Since: 8.5.03
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05
    Originally posted by too-old-now
    I think the best luck and far easiest approach I was simply pulling the hard drive out of the old one and plugging it in the new machine - it became the f: drive instead of c: where it used to be, but I was then able to copy all of my data very rapidly. Of course, this involves opening up the box, but I had to do that anyway as I had to install the CD burner myself.


I've dug into this machine to install a scanner card, but that's been a while. I'm an expert instructions follower however.

    Originally posted by too-old-now
    I'm jealous you're getting a new machine - what are you getting?


Not sure yet. I'm looking at one of the Dells. I'd like at least a gig of running memory, and everything has more storage gigs and burning speed than my current machine. I haven't bought a PC game this century, and I look forward to playing those.



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Let me know what you are looking at before you buy it. I can probably get you a better deal (and get some referral cash in the process).




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Since: 8.5.03
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05
Very simply, I've been advised to look for the following:

1G RAM
at least 2.6 gHz processor
128 MB Graphics card

I don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse. I have a new printer and an old scanner.

I want to play some current games, work in Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator, and save lots of music.

The Dell packages for this run about $1,300. Same for Gateway. Some Best Buy eMachines offer similar stuff for about $800, and the HP models go for about $1,600. Sonys range around $1,800.





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OK, well you can definitely beat that Dell package, and you'll get a flat screen to boot. Let me see what I can rummage up on our affiliate sites.



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You're too kind.

And please ignore the redundant PM.



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This deal is only good for the next hour, but it's pretty damn good.

http://www.gotapex.com/l/?1VKF5WB0

Choose from the systems and customize. The really nice one is Dual Core (2 processors on the same die) P IV 2.8 GHz, 128 meg ATI Radeon X300 SE, and 24" widescreen LCD for $1199. You would need to add 512 MB more of RAM for $60 additional.

If you want to go cheaper, choose the 19" LCD for $679 base + the upgrades. I'd add the DVD burner as well and only get one disc drive - that would put you up additional $89.

I don't make any money on this referral - it's just a sweet deal. There are new deals daily - check out http://www.gotapex.com/deals.php for past deals. You don't have to jump on this one today, but it wouldn't be horrible if you did.

Make sure that you pick all of the items that are free to upgrade to - sometimes they don't pick them in the default link but there is no cost to add them.

(edited by Guru Zim on 24.10.05 1159)


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    You don't have to jump on this one today, but it wouldn't be horrible if you did.

    Make sure that you pick all of the items that are free to upgrade to - sometimes they don't pick them in the default link but there is no cost to add them.

    (edited by Guru Zim on 24.10.05 1159)


I do appreciate the search. I saw the XPS deals which look very similar in price and options. When I selected the 9100 desktop and then added my options, the price jumped to more than the original listed price.

I'm not writing off Dell, however. I may not be able to buy the new PC until next month.

Thanks again.



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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    After about a year of random freezes with no obvious cause, I've been advised that my six-year-old Windows ME is dying. I could reinstall it, but I suspect the same thing would happen eventually, so I want to get a new PC. I use Windows XP at work and like it so far.

    I'm currently able to use a data CD-burning program at home so far, and I'm currently planning on just uploading these new CD files to the new PC. But I wonder if there's a simpler way of moving my files to the new PC. It wouldn't be as simple as connecting via USB and copying the files through Windows Explorer would it? What other ways should I consider?


Does the current PC have a network card? Then when you get the new PC (which is going to have a network port), place a crossover cable (or connect both to a hub), map the drive as a network drive to the new PC and go crazy.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.88
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I'm not writing off Dell, however.


I would. I hate Dell desktops.
The component failure rate seems higher with the Dells than the HPs or even the whitebox PCs we get at work.
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I've yet to have a problem with them. Which has been a rather nice change after dealing with Compaq in the late 90's.



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I supported Dell machines at my last job, and we have them here as well. I've got to say, the failure rate seemed just about par for the course. If anything, we had more HD failures than anything. I blame that on the HD manufacturer though - even if Dell is asking them to skimp on quality (which I doubt) they are putting their name on it, so it is their fault if it dies.

I'm trying to figure out how the $679 machine got up to over the $1300 figure you quoted in your first post. Are you adding Microsoft Office and XP Pro?

//edit: I bet you went to the site after the deal was over. It was literally only good for one hour after I posted.

(edited by Guru Zim on 25.10.05 0745)


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Since: 8.5.03
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I'm trying to figure out how the $679 machine got up to over the $1300 figure you quoted in your first post. Are you adding Microsoft Office and XP Pro?

    //edit: I bet you went to the site after the deal was over. It was literally only good for one hour after I posted.

    (edited by Guru Zim on 25.10.05 0745)


The site, as of right now, still offers a $1,709 PC for $679. If I add the 1G SDRAM (512MB standard), MS Office Basic, the 250G drive (80G standard), the Dual Drive DVD ROM and Burners, the modem ($40 to add a 56 modem), and leave everything else standard or even eliminate online and security options, I get a $1,128 quote.

Now, I may not need the DVD options, but I don't have the option of not buying the 19-inch monitor, which I know I don't need.

(edited by Matt Tracker on 25.10.05 0903)


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